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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Releases 2002 Fuel Cell Request for Proposal

Pre-bid Conference Planned

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut - January 7, 2003) - Following the success of the 2001 Fuel Cell Request for Proposal (RFP), the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) has recently issued the 2002 Fuel Cell RFP to promote clean, reliable distributed generation in Connecticut and the commercialization of fuel cells. The funding level for the 2002 Fuel Cell RFP could reach almost $9 million. In addition to the $8 million expected from CCEF, the Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P;), administrator of the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund (EC&LMF;), has agreed to consider proposals for a joint project that integrates fuel cell application with energy conservation and load management measures. For this joint project, EC&LMF; will make available approximately $800,000.

"By incorporating the lessons learned from the 2001 Fuel Cell RFP, we have greatly simplified the application process. We expect to fund high value projects that will promote the fuel cell commercialization and deployment in critical applications in the state," said Subhash Chandra, managing director and chief technology officer, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. "This will strengthen Connecticut's position as the leader in the fuel cell industry, benefit the Connecticut rate payers by bringing clean, reliable and environmentally friendly technology to the forefront, and assist in the development of the state's economy."

Two categories of projects are being solicited in the 2002 Fuel Cell RFP:

Commercial Operation Projects, which consist of the installation of commercially-ready fuel cells in high value applications.
Demonstration Projects, which consist of the installation of near-commercial fuel cell units to track performance and gather data to accelerate their commercialization.
Proposals are being sought from fuel cell manufacturers, energy project developers, project installers and application end-users, or any other party who can complete the projects as specified in the RFP.

A pre-bid conference will be held on January 9, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Hartford Marriott/Rocky Hill. The deadline to submit round one proposals is 3:00 p.m. on January 30, 2003, at the CCEF office. RFPs can be downloaded from the CCEF Web site at www.ctcleannergy.com.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, which is administered by Connecticut Innovations, invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut.